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Epson EH-TW3600 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1298
inc VAT

It produces a high-quality picture, but you can get similar results for less.


1,920×1,080 resolution, 2,000 ANSI lumens, 136x450x360mm, 7.3kg

Although from the outside the EH-TW3600 looks exactly like its little brother, the EH-TW3200, inside it’s a fair bit different with a brighter 2,000 lumens bulb and a higher 50,000:1 contrast ratio.

The brighter bulb certainly seems to make one difference: the projector is quiet, but outputs a stream of very hot air. As such, you probably won’t want this model sitting behind you. Fortunately, placement of the EH-TW3600 isn’t a problem, as it has horizontal and vertical lens shift to help you quickly align the picture on your screen. Connecting your AV equipment won’t be a problem, as this projector has a pair of HDMI ports, along with the usual composite, component, S-video and VGA inputs.

Epson EH-TW3600

Like the projector itself, the menu interface is more functional than attractive, but everything’s clearly labelled. Image Settings lets you switch colour mode, change your brightness, contrast, colour temperature and make subtle adjustments to improve the accuracy of skin tones. An advanced menu lets you adjust gamma and gives you precise control over RGB and RGBCMY colour settings.

The Signal menu lets you change the aspect ratio and provides access to advanced options that let you set noise reduction levels. A general Settings menu lets you configure the projector’s sleep, child and control panel locks and mirror or invert projection to allow for overhead mounting.

Epson EH-TW3600 side controls

Cinema mode and Natural mode are best chosen for when you’ve turned the lights down in your living room, as they otherwise look a bit subdued. Natural mode produces, as you’d hope, natural colours although some white tones look a bit murky. Cinema mode handles dark scenes well, bringing out all of the shadowy detail. Living Room mode is the best choice for viewing in a lit or partially lit room; colours are somewhat oversaturated and light tones are bright, but not overpowering, producing an intense but generally pleasing image.

The TW3600 didn’t produce particularly intense black tones in our high-contrast test, although the results are certainly acceptable for an LCD projector. Once you’ve got the lights turned down, it does a great job. Brightly coloured highlights are fairly vivid in all modes, although you may need to tweak the settings to get vibrant results.

The projector did well in our moving image tests, which include footage of still images bouncing around the screen and a rollercoaster zooming by. We saw some blur, but it looked natural and there were none of the smeared motion shadows we’ve seen from other projectors. Our real-world motion test – a football match – looked even better, with beautiful clarity a perfectly smooth reproduction of the ball and players’ movements, with barely a trace of blur.

Epson EH-TW3600 rear

Although the menus are ugly and black tones could be darker, the TW3600 is an excellent projector, and one that’s bright enough to work well in a well-lit room, to boot. However, it’s not a sufficient improvement over its cheaper sibling, the Best Buy winning Epson EH-TW3200, to be worth the extra money.


Price £1,298
Rating ****


Projector technology LCD
Lamp brightness 2,000 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 4,000
Lamp life in economy mode 4,000
Contrast ratio 50,000:1 dynamic


Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Max compressed resolution 1,920×1,080
Aspect ratio 16:9
Other aspect ratios 4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 53in
Throw ratio 1.34:1 to 2.87:1
Optical zoom 2.1x
Projection distance 2.98. to 6.36m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal 47%
Lens shift vertical 96%
HD Ready yes
Special view modes dynamic, living room, natural, cinema, x.v.color


VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs 3.5mm
Composite input yes
S-video input yes
HDMI input yes
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output none
Video output none
Others inputs/outputs serial DIN, trigger


Noise (in normal use) 28
Size 136x450x360mm
Weight 7.3kg
Internal speakers none
Extras remote, cables (power)
Remote special features none
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption on 245W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) £248
Lamp supplier
Lamp cost per hour of use £0.06
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) £0.06

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